Berger and Blomkvist spend the weekend together, making love and talking.
On Monday afternoon, Blomkvist goes over to Millennium, which is closed for the holidays.
The phone rings, and he finds himself talking to Dirch Frode. Frode represents Henrik Vanger, who wants to offer Blomkvist a job.
Henrik used to be head of the Vanger family of industrial companies, owned by the Vanger family. Now Martin Vanger is the head.
The once-thriving Vanger Corporation has experienced troubled waters over the past twenty-five years, but still wields tremendous power and influence.
He can't imagine what kind of job Henrik wants to offer, but he agrees to at least think about a meeting.
After the call, Blomkvist does some Internet research on Frode, Henrik, and Martin.
He notices a tribute to Henrik, on his eightieth birthday, two years ago.
(A-ha! Henrik is the unnamed man in the prologue. The Vanger family tree says he was born in 1920, so the novel must be set in 2002.)
On Christmas Eve, Salander brings gifts to her 46-year-old mother in the nursing home.
Her mom is having a hard day, and Salander has to help her take the ribbon off her presents.
Her mom asks if Salander has seen her sister. Salander has not, and her sister hasn't visited her mother either. After a little while, Salander's mother calls Salander "Camilla," which is her sister's name.
On Christmas Eve, Blomkvist spends some time with his ex-wife and his daughter Pernilla.
Then he goes to dinner at his sister's. He calls Frode from there, and agrees to meet with Henrik.
The day after Christmas, he takes the train to Hedestad to meet Frode, who drives him over the bridge to Hedeby Island, where the Vanger family lives.
Blomkvist meets Henrik Vanger. Henrik wants Blomkvist to write a biography of the Vanger family.
But that's not the real job – nope, the real job is for Blomkvist to find out which family member killed Henrik's grandniece, Harriet Vanger, over forty years ago.
And who keeps sending Henrik flowers on his birthday….